Simone Biles blasts USA Gymnastics for failing to protect athletes

Marc LaVoie
August 08, 2019 - 8:07 am

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Four time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles gave a tearful interview about sexual abuse involving gymnasts ahead of the U.S. Gymnastics Championships at Sprint Center.

Biles, who is 22, said U.S.A. Gymnastics failed to prevent abuse by Dr. Larry Nassar, a team physician, who has been accused of abusing up to 250 young women and girls. Another alleged victim is a man. He is serving a federal prison sentence of 60 years. 

"We'd done everything they asked us for, even when we didn't want to, and (U.S.A. Gymnastics) couldn't do one damn job," Biles said. "You literally had one job, and you wouldn't protect us."

Biles said she and other athletes continue to deal with the psychological effects of Nassar's crimes. 

"We try to work through it," Biles said. "It will take some time. I'm strong. I'll get through it, but it's hard."

Some athletes are left post traumatic stress disorder and a lingering mistrust of health care workers. Biles has sought help from a psychologist.

Every time I go to the doctor or trainer... I don't want to get worked on, but my body hurts," said Biles, who is going for her sixth all-around national title this weekend in Kansas City.

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